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HISTORY   AN<D    HUMAN   RELATIONS

the standards of candour in diplomacy upheld by
Palmerston or by Canning ". Thirdly, in a manuscript
which appeared in the Cambridge Historical Journal in
December, 1948, he set down some views concerning
therorigin of the war of 1914—views somewhat different
from those commonly accepted as a kind of semi-official
orthodoxy to-day; but even in the unusually independent
position that he occupied as an editor of the British
Documents I am interested to note that he felt himself
under some constriction; for, though he wrote down
these views in 1927, he particularly specified that his ,
name should not be attached to any publication of them
until the last of these volumes of documents had appeared
—which in fact proved to be a decade later.

After $ie First World War, a special situation was
created $y the existence of revolutionary governments
not unwilling to discredit the dynasties or the regimes
which/they had displaced, and therefore not unready to
maWa generous publication of diplomatic documents
whach should throw light not merely on the immediate

igins of the war itself but also on the events of the
preceding years. These revelations had the effect of
springing the secrets of other Foreign Offices, too, of
course; and the result was bound to be unsatisfactory
to these latter, for the simple reason that one's diplomatic
secrets do not appear at their best when revealed in the
papers of another government. Other governments
were encouraged, therefore, to publish their own
diplomatic documents in turn; and within a single
decade after the conclusion of peace in 1919 an extra-
ordinary development had taken place in the whole

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